Summary

Winner of the 2018 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album.
When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved - plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager.
With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher's intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time - and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candour and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.
©2016 Carrie Fisher (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dan on 28-12-16

Thoroughly enjoyable!

Fishers honesty in Princess Diarist is refreshing and commendable. Her diaries are works of art, no wonder she was such a good script writer late in life!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nathan on 03-01-17

Carrie on Carrying On

When it comes to autobiography, the clichés are often the easiest to parrot. Words like 'warm', 'witty', and 'wry' are bandied about like cheap currency for a disposable celebrity-centric lexicon.

What survives Carrie Fisher though *is* her warmth. She's frank without being cutting, honest without excesses of self-pity. Despite herself, she's never felt like a celebrity. That wouldn't sit right with some authors, but there isn't a moment in 'The Princess Diarist' that seems peppered with the sort of incredulous sneering we might come to expect from celebrity memoir.

From easy charm to angsty poetry and back again, where there is humour in experience we're always in on the joke. That's ultimately what sets this memoir apart from so many others - the late great author knows we're all just 'jumped up, scruffy-looking nerf-herder[s]' at heart, but relishes sharing in the glorious unpredictability human life anyway.

She may have felt she lacked an intellectual streak, but her incisive observations philosophise with the best of them without ever seeming bombastic or 'precocious'. Hers aren't throwaway sentiments, while always aware of her capacity as actress, the tone isn't preoccupied with notions of 'legacy'. Instead, Fisher reminds us that sometimes the best of what is close to home resonates more fully set against that which seems 'far, far away' but that is, in its truest sense, ceaselessly and reassuringly human.

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5 out of 5 stars
By KaGa on 27-03-18

I love this

She has the funniest analogies ever, really worth the read, and much more worth the listen

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5 out of 5 stars
By Encey on 22-02-17

I loved it!

I am little sad only just to hear this now after her passing but I think she will always be with us in force and in memory forever :)

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